Many conservatives look at their first chance to defeat the
left in six years when nervous Democrats try to explain before November how the
Messiah Obama may not be so magical after all. The left is looking at a big
in two months, but the left has been getting slobber-knocked all over the
modern industrialized world.
Five months ago, in the British General Election, the Labour
Party, which had been in power since the early 1990s, suffered a devastating
defeat, losing 91 seats in the House of Commons. Although David Cameron’s
Conservative Party had to form a coalition with the yuppyish Liberal Party,
Conservatives are still the senior party in this government and Cameron resonates
well with British voters.
Last September, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat Party
soundly trounced the Social
Democrats and the Christian Democrat’s traditional coalition ally, the Free
Democrats, gained enough support so that Merkel could end the “grand coalition”
of her center-right party with the socialist SDP and form a more natural
governing alliance with the Free Democrats.
2008, shortly before Obama would win the White House, the Conservative
substantially increased its strength in the Canadian Parliament. Stephen Harper
almost gained enough votes to govern outright with no support from any of the
other major parties. The “Grits,” or Liberal Party, his principal ideological
opponents, suffered massive losses (that party went from almost equality with
the Conservative Party to having barely half as many seats as the Conservatives.)
The Italian general elections in May 2008 produced a
smashing defeat for the left. The coalition of parties on
the right, led by Silvio Berlusconi, won a strong majority in the Chamber
of Deputies and also a majority in the Senate. What was striking about this
election was that Walter Veltroni, the atheist leader of the Democratic Party
being openly touted as Europe’s Barack Obama.
In May of 2007, Nicholas
Sarkozy defeated the Socialist Royale handily, putting the most
pro-American and least leftist president that
has had, maybe in the history of the Fourth
Republic. National legislative
elections (less important in
than in other nations) also produced a solid defeat of the left in
General elections over the last four years – except for in
America – have been a long ragged retreat for parties of the left in Germany,
France, Italy, and Canada. Now it seems like
may join that company of nations. Political party names in other democracies
sometimes do not convey what the parties would represent in
The Liberal Party in
for example, would be our Republican Party.
Julia Gillard, the current Prime Minister of Australia, led
her left of center Labor Party in the August
21, 2010 general election. Gillard led it, to be more exact, into
one of the lowest
points in its 119-year history. Gillard was able to cobble together a
handful of independent members of the House of Representatives, but her
minority government will be one of the weakest in Australian political history.
The three independents are fairly conservative, and used to belong to the major
conservative party. Gillard’s Labor Party not only did worse than in prior
elections but worse than polls had predicted.
The left, it seems, is everywhere finding itself very
unpopular. The leaders of the left seem tired and uninspiring. If Walter
Veltroni, Gordon Browne and Julia Gillard are the best that the left has to
offer voters in major democracies, then the left is in big trouble. But that
does not mean that conservatives are winning. It is also vital to remember that
“right” and “left” in other countries should all be shifted a little portside
in our frame of reference: a strong conservative in
a RINO in
But the de-legitimization of the left and its separation
from governance are one half of a vital victory for freedom, and that half of
the war is being won. What conservatives need now is a resonate message that
inspires confidence and brings hope to a global electorate increasingly
frustrated with politics as usual. The other half of victory – conservative
leaders like Reagan and Thatcher and armies of conservative foot soldiers who
will follow those leaders – is still unfinished business.
The collapse of the left makes November 2010 doubly
important for conservatives. If Marc Rubio wins in Florida,
can he lead us to complete victory in two years? How about Michelle Bachmann,
who wins elections in the same state which elected Al Franken? Eric Cantor, an
articulate and conservative Orthodox Jew, might carry our banner in two years. Or
perhaps Senator Fiorina, if she can beat Ms. Boxer in big left California
can carry our ideals to the White House.
No one, much, believes in the tall tales of the left
anymore. We do not need to convince them that monstrosities like Obamacare are
bad ideas. We need to enter the political battles with something worth fighting
for and worth winning for
That is our challenge, and we had better not fail.